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New online court may improve chances of tenancy arrears recovery

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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40 King Street Chambers has strengthened its Leeds team with the recruitment of two new barristers Mark Cooper, a specialist in business and finance law, joined from Chancery House Chambers in Leeds and Simon Young has relocated from 4 Paper Buildings in London, where he specialised in personal injury, employment and professional negligence.

Norton Rose forms mmO2 relationship

Norton Rose is muscling in on mmO2’s informal panel of legal advisers The firm has been instructed on a corporate finance deal for the demerged fixed and wireless division of BT, which could result in Norton Rose gaining more corporate finance work for the company in the future.mmO2, still a fairly new entity having only […]

Sidley picks up Simmons Hong Kong litigation team

US firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has raided Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong to give its China practice a litigation capability Simmons senior associate Charles Allen has joined Sidley as a consultant together with two other lawyers who will join as associates.Allen and his team, which specialises in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration, […]

Sixteen quit Goldsmith to join Hardwicke Bldg

Exodus creates UK’s largest set; Goldsmith’s future in doubt In what is believed to be the largest single defection from a set of chambers, 16 barristers are leaving multi-disciplinary set Goldsmith Building to join Hardwicke Building.Although there have been largescale moves following the dissolution of sets, this is understood to be among the largest rounds […]

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